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UNESCO designates Church of the Nativity as endangered site (bad news)
AP via Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 29, 2012 | Dalia Nammari and Karin Laub, Associated Press

Posted on 06/30/2012 12:43:13 AM PDT by Olog-hai

The Palestinians on Friday persuaded the U.N. cultural agency to list the Church of the Nativity—the place where Christians believe Jesus was born—as an endangered World Heritage site despite misgivings by churches in charge of the basilica.

The Palestinians hailed the nod by UNESCO as a step forward in their quest for global recognition of an independent Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967.

The centuries-old basilica is located in a part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank where the Palestinians have self-rule. UNESCO's decision was seen by them as validation of their rights to the territory.

"We are ecstatic," Palestinian spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi said of Friday's 13-6 by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Palestinians had argued that the shrine faces imminent danger, both because of overdue repairs and Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank.

Israel and the U.S. strongly opposed the emergency bid, arguing that the church is not under threat, a position backed by a U.N. experts committee.

Israeli officials have said they don't object to the church being listed, but reject the "endangered" label which implies culpability of Israel, which in practice remains the ultimate sovereign in the West Bank. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Israel; Philosophy; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antichristian; antisemitism; bethlehem; caliphate; churchofthenativity; dhimmitude; faithandphilosophy; godsgravesglyphs; islamofascism; israel; jihad; letshavejerusalem; palestinians; palestinianstate; religionofpeace; religionofpieces; unesco
Every member of that so-called World Heritage Committee needs to be taken to the gallows.
1 posted on 06/30/2012 12:43:19 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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One day I hope to understand the true tethers to Christianity in the fiasco.

2 posted on 06/30/2012 12:56:03 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: Gene Eric

The palies are muslim, muslim destroys all things christian/jew.

3 posted on 06/30/2012 1:51:09 AM PDT by exnavy (The time is upon us, fish or cut bait, may God guide your heart.)
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To: Olog-hai; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Heads which Belong on Poles" ping. Thanks Olog-hai. To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.

4 posted on 06/30/2012 5:24:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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To: SunkenCiv

wikipedia is calling palestine a state now on their cover story about this. and yes I intentionally used lowercase.

5 posted on 06/30/2012 6:27:02 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Olog-hai

IOW, if they don’t get enough to repair it that’ll be an excuse to bulldoze it down?

6 posted on 06/30/2012 7:17:17 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Mmogamer

No surprise there. Thanks mmog’.

7 posted on 06/30/2012 7:21:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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To: Olog-hai

By listing it as an endangered or historic site the Christian use of the building will be minimized and eventually proscribed. Disrepair is cited as a reason for the listing but such listing pretty much freezes the state of the building. No repairs or alterations will be permitted without extremely lengthy bureaucratic procedures which will have large input from the Moslems. Moslems will eventually or quickly be put in charge of the site because it is in “their country.”

8 posted on 06/30/2012 8:20:36 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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. . . and then UNESCO will suddenly declare it a “mosque” as with the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

9 posted on 06/30/2012 4:03:38 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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